Different suspect vehicle sought in armed robbery

Police have changed the type of vehicle believed to be the getaway car in an armed robbery that occurred Monday morning at a Norton Shores gas station.
Becky Vargo
Jul 15, 2014


Witnesses told police they thought the car was a black Chevrolet Impala or Malibu. However, after analysis of store surveillance video, police determined the car was an indigo blue pearl Hyundai Sonata.

The car was last seen fleeing east on Sherman Boulevard after the 6:15 a.m. robbery at the Shell gas station, 2628 Henry St.

Police are looking for a tall, thin but muscular black man who was wearing dark clothing and a ski mask over his face when he entered the store carrying a dark revolver. He took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register before being chased from the store as the clerk fired at least 10 rounds from a handgun at him.

The suspect jumped into the waiting car and fled.

When their investigation is complete, Lt. Jon Gale of the Norton Shores Police Department said they will turn over the report to the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Gale declined to comment on possible charges against the clerk who shot at the suspect.

“That’s up to the prosecutor to decide,” he said.

Gale noted that people were divided on whether or not store clerks should carry guns.

“It’s a pretty big storm,” he said. “We’re not going to get in the middle of it.”

Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to call Norton Shores police at 231-733-2691 or Silent Observer at 231-722-7463.

CLICK HERE to see the store surveillance video of the robbery and shooting.



I just home that stuff stays up there and not trickle down here. Muskegon Heights is so dangerous right now. Went up to the hospital one night visit a friend and was amazed at all the gun shots that could be heard several blocks away.


Might the noise be from firecrackers?


It was lucky that a regular customer wasn't shot by the clerk who sprayed 10-shots during his adrenaline-pumped "defense". Why shoot once when there's a 10-round magazine loaded up and ready to rumble?


Exactly. Or worse, a stray bullet or three hits a driver or child in a car going to day care.


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